The folks are here!
Meanwhile, Rache has been on an expedition to the door! There and back. Really tough for her, but still progress.
Rache is in fine spirits today, and has been spotted sitting in a chair! This is a big deal, so take the time now to applaud. Go on. I'll be here when you're done.
I'm waiting?! I don't hear you, there, with the blue shirt on...
Ok that's better.
So, physical therapy is continuing, and arrangements are being made for it to continue from home once we're back there. Steady progress, and we're all quite pleased, especially Rache.
Looks like a release from the hospital tomorrow is less likely now; don't be surprised if it is Thursday before we're outta here. The Dr. (and Rache!) want Rache to be confident about moving around before she's sent home.
Plus, I think she's starting to like the food here. I spotted her asking the food service folks for the recipe for their beef barley soup.
The Folks arrive from Blighty this afternoon. I'll be trekking to the airport (in my fully fueled Cadillac) a bit later to drop off my brother Lee (thanks for sending him, Jenny!) and pick up the parents. All carefully choreographed. I'm a care-taking MACHINE!
for your amusement and boundless delight, here's a picture of my Torino. It has no gas, because I haven't found any Premium!
Got here this morning and Rache was watching TV and munching some cereal. Awake, obviously, and looking pretty spry. She's still got a headache, they're trying to help with that. Rachel thinks it might be a sinus headache from the little oxygen tube.
Dr. Schrader was by again this morning, inspected, poked and prodded, and everything is looking good.
Brought in the crutches this morning, so she can try those out some time, too.
Just left Rache to rest for the evening. She ate some dinner, and is quite relaxed and probably pleased with her own day. Eating, standing, off all the IV's and the medication pump.
The oral percocet seems to be working well for her, managing the pain without quite as much drowsiness. Huzzah!
So, now Lee and I are (with Alan, but not Susan, because she doesn't like us) at the Brickstore enjoying a pleasant beverage. And Alan is mocking me for BLOGGING!
Physical Therapist lady was just here, and with the assistance of the nurse, Rache was UP UP UP!! She swung around, sat up and stood on her walker a few times. Very good progress by all accounts.
She's kind of looking forward to her dinner, I think, after all that exercise. But it's fish, which might not be so good.. Time will tell.
Saturday night was pretty uneventful. Rache got some sleep, and watched a little TV. Lee and I had dinner at Cakes & Ale, and watched some TV.
This morning, we arrived back at her room around 8:45 to find Rache awake, smiling a bit, and having consumed a banana for breakfast. And some apple juice.
Dr. Schrader has been by already this morning to remove the dressing from her wound and remove the drains. Everything is good there. Moving today away from the pump for pain medication to some tablets. Rache doesn't like the other stuff because it makes her too drowsy.
Sometime later today, the Physical Therapy folks are coming by to see if she can get up for a while. That should be quite an event.
Yesterday, Rachel wanted to move in the bed some, to be more comfortable. The nurses valiantly tried to help her roll over a bit to adjust her back, but the pain was too much, and Rache apologetically asked them to stop.
About 2 hours later, still uncomfortable and now really annoyed with it, Rache decided to try again. Lee and I moved the pillows, but she just hauled herself around the bed with her good leg and her arms on the overhead bar they provide for just such a thing. Way to go, Rache! Determined, as always, and successful at what she tries.
More flowers last night, these from Lee and Jenny.
Lee and I went to get some lunch, and stopped at Lowe's to look for a new pump for the fountain. They have Christmas stuff out. Great. I want to get some new ornaments for the tree ASAP!
Rache is doing pretty well, in my medical opinion. Pretty strong pain, naturally, but also discomfort with her back from laying around. Other than that, she has been deemed a very healthy person, aside from the surgery! I'm very proud of her. I wouldn't endure any of this, that's for certain.
Dr. Schrader was by earlier, and indicated all is well so far. Blood tests are good, no sign of anemia, etc. He's coming by again tomorrow, and the drains will probably be removed then, and the Physical Therapists will try to get Rache up and around a bit if possible. Big day.
More flowers today!
This picture turned out pretty dark; they're from Aunt and Unk down in Florida.
And, more flowers, these from the Arnette clan.
Note my use dazzling advanced formatting in the post today. To quote The Monarch... "I have been BLOGGING!!"
Long night for Rache last night. Pain in her hip, annoying pain in her back, and an uncooperative pain machine. They swapped out the machine, and moved her IV to her other arm, and it's better.
She's doing her little spirometry machine like she's supposed to, and looking forward to a cup of tea!
Dr. Schrader just came out, and said everything went very well. She has "very girly bones" which is a good thing. Of course we knew they were girly bones, of course they are!
No blood transfusion, everything went well. She's currently in recovery, awake. They'll let us know when she's off to her room.
Somebody remind me that the Dr. said to keep the leg straight, and not let it flop over!
Well, after getting up super early (for Rache,) and wheeling our way over to Northside Hospital this morning, Rache is now in surgery. Met a whole lot of folks, and they all seem focused and competent. Except for me.
They administered some "relaxation medicine" which made an already relaxed wife into a super-relaxed wife. Note to self. Medicine is weird.
Oh, here's a picture!
Go, baby go!!